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Judgment in the Victorian Age

ISBN 9780367584726
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
278 Pages

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Book Description

This volume concerns judges, judgment and judgmentalism. It studies the Victorians as judges across a range of important fields, including the legal and aesthetic spheres, and within literature. It examines how various specialist forms of judgment were conceived and operated, and how the propensity to be judgmental was viewed.

Table of Contents


List of Figures;

Notes on Contributors;



PART I: The Judgment of the Law;

1. Cartes de visite and the First Mass Media Photographic Images of the English Judiciary: Continuity and Change

Leslie J. Moran;

2. Sir Redmond Barry and the Trial of Ned Kelly: representing the Judge and Judgment in Nineteenth-Century Australia

Alice Richardson;

3. The Emotional Reactions of Judges in Cases of Maternal Child Murder in England, 1840 –1900

Alison Pedley;

4. ‘What Will Most Tend Towards Morality’: Sir Cresswell Cresswell and the Divorce Court, 1858-1863

Gail Savage;

5. ‘Infamous Falsehoods’: Judges, Perjury, and Affiliation Trials in England, 1855–1930

Ginger Frost;

6. Authoritative Judgments in a Provincial Town: Responses to Everyday Offending in Plymouth 1860 – 1900

Kim Stevenson and Iain Channing;

PART II: Judgments in Culture;

7. Judging the Judges: The Image of the Judge in the Popular Illustrated Press

Craig Newbery-Jones;

8. The Matter of Judgment: Comparing Gendered Perspectives on Victorian Legal Culture in Popular Literature

Judith Rowbotham;

9. The Operation and Representation of Art Judgment 

James Gregory;

10. Judging by the Hand: Handwriting and Character in Victorian Literary Culture

Karin Koehler;

11. ‘They will not read it, but their sons & daughters may’: judging Percy Shelley’s Queen Mab (1813) in the nineteenth century

Cian Duffy;


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James Gregory is Associate Professor in Modern British History at the University of Plymouth. Among his publications is The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (2014).

Daniel J.R. Grey is Lecturer in World History since 1800 at the University of Plymouth. Among his recent publications are articles in Cultural and Social History, History Workshop Journal and Media History.

Annika Bautz is Associate Professor in English and Head of the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth. Recent publications include, with James Gregory, Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600–1900 (Routledge, 2018).